Hello and a happy and healthy new year to the whole Hollinger Apple Butter clan! I’m happy to announce and share the plans for this coming year’s Hollinger Apple Butter Reunion.
This year’s going to be great! We’re planning to revive the Apple Butter tradition and hold the Hollinger Reunion at Jennifer Jo Romick’s house in Covington, Ohio. Address, directions and a map will be included below. Call this a rallying cry if you like but please grab your kids, your family and your select friends and get them all to the Hollinger Apple Butter Reunion this year. If you haven’t camped with us I challenge you to pack up your gear and join us—camping at mom’s is always a blast. Come and help us create a new home for Hollinger Apple Butter.
The event will be the 2nd Weekend in October. The dates for the 2015 Hollinger Apple Butter Reunion are: Thursday, October 8th – Sunday, October 11th. Guests are welcome anytime after noon on Thursday, October 8th. The Friday night camp and cook out will take place as always—bring what you want to eat and drink and join the fun. Apple butter making will start first thing Saturday, Oct 10th. Anyone who can be there early to help peeling, coring and snitzing the apples is greatly appreciated.
So get your vacation calendars set now and come out and join in the fun! We will continue to pass the hat to help cover costs of port-a-jons, paper products, chicken, etc. The cost of apple butter will still be based on the cost of the ingredients and our yield. Our pit chicken lunch will take place Saturday at 12:30-1:00 p.m. Be sure to bring your own plates, utensils and beverages. Lemonade will be provided.
The real product of the Hollinger Apple Butter Reunion is not the apple butter. It’s the fun and experiences of the reunion and what we take home with us that can’t be contained in those jars and crocks. That being said I want to let everyone know that we will only be making one kettle of apple butter this year. This may go back to two kettles in the future but let’s start with just one this year and work back up to it.
For those of you who haven’t been to Jennifer’s house—it will make a wonderful spot for Apple Butter! She lives on 5 acres along scenic Greenville Falls Creek just West of Covington, Ohio. Her property will be an ideal location it has close access to State Routes 36, 41 and 48. We’ll place the apple butter kettle and chicken box up on the flat near the barn and driveways where people who are less mobile can be dropped off and picked up using the driveway and turnaround. There is also shade, seating, electricity and water available, port-a-jons will be placed on the driveway and we have ample room for parking. If we have bad weather there is enough space in the barn and garage to shelter everyone for dinner. We have space in the barn to store all of the Apple Butter materials such as the kettles, spiders, stirrers, cooker, chicken box, paper product storage containers, spitz, etc all within 50 feet of where they will be used each year.
Her property is wooded, has trails, and offers a beautiful view of the river valley. We have plenty of room to accommodate campers—no sewage dumps or water hookups but we may be able to run some electric to trailers. There are lots of other spaces in the woods, by the creek or anywhere else to pitch a tent or claim a spot for the night. Picturesque Greenville Falls is just down the street and offers a great waterfall, beautiful hiking trails, interesting exploring and scenic views that are really cool. There’s plenty of room and opportunity to fish and to play in or around the low-lying areas of the river. Do some canoeing, play some yard games or just enjoy lazing in our hammock there’s lots to keep people busy.
Stay tuned for upcoming information about email lists and tests, Winter woodcutting parties and other ways to get involved and help out the cause.
We have a couple of ways you can stay in touch with the group. The easiest way if you have a FaceBook account you can join or add other people to our FaceBook Group Page, Hollinger AppleButter. That page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/53852898820/?ref=br_tf or you can search FaceBook and find it easily enough.
If you are not FaceBook inclined then you can visit us at The Hollinger Apple Butter web-site here: https://hollingerapplebutter.wordpress.com/
What: 2015 Hollinger Apple Butter Reunion
Where: 8760 Covington Gettysburg Rd Covington, Ohio 45318
When: Thursday, October 8th open for camping. Friday, October 9th – Friday night camping / cookout.
Saturday, October 10th > Fire lit and kettle starts @ 4:30 a.m. > peeling, coring, snitzing begins @ 7-7:30 a.m. Lunch: 12:30-1:00 p.m. Apple butter distribution when it’s done, usually early evening. Continued Camping, Saturday night bonfire. Sunday, Oct 11th > Clean-up, chill-out and head-for-home.
Directions: From ST. RT. 36 West > Take St. RT. 36 East (approximately 16 miles) turn right on Rangeline Rd. (From 36 East > turn left instead). (approximately 1 mile) turn left onto Covington Gettysburg Rd. The house is (approximately 1/3 mile) on the right. There will be signs posted indicating where to park. Guests with special needs can use the driveway and turnaround to drop people off.
Directions: From ST. RT. 41 / 48 South > Coming from Troy on ST. RT. 41 turn right on ST. RT. 48 then make an immediate left onto Bridge Street (From 48 North > turn Right here). Follow Bridge Street down the hill and around the curves, Bridge Street turns into Covington Gettysburg Rd. after you cross the second bridge begin to look for signs (approximately 1/3 mile) on the left There will be signs posted indicating where to park. Guests with special needs can use the driveway and turnaround to drop people off.
If you have questions, comments or suggestions please use the form below to submit your email addresses so I can update our email list. You are also welcome to send me your mailing address if you wish to receive a hard copy of the newsletter. You can also email me at: email@example.com or call (937) four two two-4055 I’ll also be happy to add you or others to both our physical and our email lists so you can receive updates. (not a lot of email—5-6 announcements per year). I will be sending out a test email shortly to verify email addresses.
Hope to see you all!